The Star (Nairobi)

4 July 2014

Kenya: Nab Saba Saba 'Sects' - Njenga

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Opposition leader Raila Odinga (left) with President Uhuru Kenyatta share a light moment (file photo).

FORMER Mungiki sect leader Maina Njenga has told the government to arrest members of outlawed groups it says have been enlisted by Cord to create mayhem in the country.

"What I am saying as a Church leader is the government should move with speed and arrest those it alleges to be Mungiki sect members hired by Cord leaders and arraign them in court. The same government should also arrest those it claims are MRC members hired to cause chaos in Kenya," he said. Njenga said he left Mungiki many years ago.

He said nobody has approached him for assistance in causing violence or mayhem. Njenga said Cord leader Raila Odinga is his neighbour in Karen, Nairobi.

He said Raila has never asked him to support the activities planned for Saba Saba. Njenga said if the Cord leader had asked for his backing for the Monday demonstrations, he would never agree to it. He said it is wrong for the government to issue statements that create fear.

"Interior Secretary Joseph ole Lenku should be directing the Inspector General of Police to act on those bent on causing mayhem instead of issuing statements that cause fear in people," Njenga said.

Njenga was speaking in the presence of Hope International Ministries Church members including Bishop Johnson Fundi Mwai.

He likened Lenku's statement to that of the former Internal Security Minister John Michuki when he ordered the killing of members of the outlawed Mungiki sect.

Njenga said Michuki's statement led to extra-judicial killings of youth in Nairobi and Kiambu. "We do not want to go back to the dark days of the Michukis. Statements such as those of Lenku and Deputy President William Ruto on the presence of Mungiki sect members are misleading and our fear is that the government may use them to bring another anarchy to the nation," he said.

Njenga called on the Kikuyu Council of Elders to advise youths to leave outlawed sects and obey the laws of the country.

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